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Year 3

Welcome to Classes 7 and 8


Gossiping Yao Villagers

This week Class 8 became gossiping Yao villagers! Inspired by our new text The Village that Vanished, we imagined we were characters from the story gossiping about the approaching slavers. We used our drama to help us to write exciting dialogue. Jake wrote: “the slavers are approaching with their horses’ hooves clattering like thunder!” lamented the villagers.

Bristol University Science Roadshow

The University of Bristol came in and ran an inspiring roadshow about Biomedical and Health Sciences for the children in year 3.

They had 3 different workshops:

  • Dental Hygiene and Teeth in which they got to look at and clean giant teeth.
  • Microbes and immunity in which they got to hold some fluffy bacteria and virus and learnt how we can prevent illness and disease from spreading.
  • Human anatomy and the body functions in which we looked at life size versions of different body organs and then we discovered their positions within the body.   

Science Investigation

Year 3 have been completing a field investigation of the school grounds to explore their Science topic “rocks and soils.” After learning about the different types of soil, we collected samples from different areas of Horfield’s outside areas to classify them. We used microscopes to examine our samples very closely.

Visit from Professor Teresa Cremin

To celebrate Horfield’s accolade as UKLA Literacy School of the Year, we welcomed a very special visitor to school. Professor Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education at the Open University came to see Class 8’s English lesson! We explored the text The Whales Song through a variety of creative activities. These including fishing for hidden messages to explore what the author has hidden “under the surface” of the text, finding evidence in reading dens and dropping flower offerings into water to watch them unfurl, just like Lilly from the story.


Inspired by their Science topic Materials, Year 3 have been learning about the Kon-Tiki raft. We explored the materials used to make the raft and conducted experiments to answer the big question: “Why did the Kon-Tiki have a canvas sail?” To conclude our topic, we designed and created our own rafts using natural materials. Our challenge was to make a buoyant, durable raft that could keep a Lego pirate crew dry. Using our new knowledge of materials, we succeeded!

Fossil Hunting

Year 3 have become fossil hunters! Mary Anning, the famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis has inspired our English and Science work. We excavated and described real fossils then wrote poems to capture the awe and wonder of fossils. Evan wrote: “concealed under layers of sedimentary rock. Left alone in the darkness of the earth. Waiting for a little child’s smile.”


Our Class Charters

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